10 March 2017

ATLP CEO presents at National Teaching Schools Conference


ATLP CEO Richard Gill joined a number of prominent school leaders from across the country when he presented at the National Teaching Schools Conference in Coventry last week.

Richard – who is the West Midlands Teaching Schools Council member – attended the popular SSAT (the Schools, Students & Teachers Network) event, which brings updates from those leading on key reforms relating to teaching schools and insights in to what future holds for the role of teaching schools in the school led system.

The national leader of education (NLE) joined a wide range of key figures within the teaching schools network including Roger Pope, chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) Regional Schools Commissioner – Jennifer Bexon-Smith and Philippa Cordingley CEO of the Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education (CUREE).

The one-day event aimed to explore innovative ways of ensuring the sustainability of teaching schools; to think creatively about the changing landscape for teaching schools policy – narrowing focus of objectives, geographical disparities in provision and the teacher recruitment crisis; and to share best practice between teaching schools and build collaboration opportunities.

Richard, whose session was entitled: ‘Collaboration between Teaching Schools and the Teaching Schools Council (TSC)’ said:

The SSAT’s Teaching Schools Conference provided a timely opportunity to network with like-minded teaching school professionals. It enabled us to share challenges and solutions and to discuss key topics of the day, as we continue to collaborate to plan the future of a school-led system.”

The event featured a range of sessions and practical workshops around core themes such as initial teacher training (ITT); professional development and school-to-school support.

Richard Gill was responsible for successfully leading the application to become one of the first 100 teaching schools in the country and the Arthur Terry National Teaching School soon became one of only two providers, at that time, of initial teacher training – an area that is now recognised as a centre of excellence.

His peers also elected Richard as the West Midlands Teaching Schools Council member. The region is known as a beacon of excellence for system leadership.

He added:

Teaching schools play a key role in creating a self-improving and sustainable school-led system. This was a positive event and we all came away with a range of ideas and new contacts to support our work and bring further cohesion across our networks of teaching schools.

Only through collaboration and communication can we reach our goal of ensuring that all children everywhere receive the very best education.”

For further details about the conference, please visit:  https://www.ssatuk.co.uk/event/ssat-teaching-schools-conference/


Media information: Anna Newson, Head of PR & Communications, the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP). Tel: 07557 560274, email anna.newson@atlp.org.uk

Notes to Editor

The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership includes the Arthur Terry, Stockland Green and Coleshill secondary schools, Brookvale, Hill West, Mere Green and Slade primary schools, the Arthur Terry Teaching School Alliance and the Sutton Locality Children’s Centres. www.atlp.org.uk